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Prevent, Promote & Protect

The mission of the Needham Public Health Division since 1877 has been to prevent
and control the spread of disease, to address environmental issues, to promote
healthy lifestyles, and protect the public health and social well-being of all citizens,
especially the most vulnerable.

Notice of Public Hearing
Friday, May 12, 2017
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Charles River Room – Public Services Administration Building
500 Dedham Avenue, Needham MA 02492

The purpose of this Public Hearing is to:

Revise Article 19, Regulation Governing the Practice of Bodywork in
in the interest of, and for the preservation of, the public health. 
The amendments to the regulation cover licensure, application, and
renewal requirements.
The regulation shall be considered in Needham in
the interest of, and for the preservation of, the public health.  This summary
shall serve as notice to all.  A copy of the proposed regulation can be

Revise Article 1, Regulation Affecting Smoking and the Sale
and Distribution of Tobacco Products in Needham
, which was
last revised in 2015 to clarify inaccurate definition language, to
incorporate revised penalties, to adopt a longer tolling period,
and other revisions.  A copy of the proposed regulation can
be viewed

Comments will be accepted at the public hearing, and will also be accepted
through Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in writing via electronic or postal mail. Please
send comments to or to Public Health
Department, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492.

Press Release:  NEEDHAM, MA – (September 7, 2016) The Town of Needham’s
Health and Human Services Department, specifically the Divisions of Council on
Aging (COA) and Public Health, published the results of a town-wide survey to
assess the barriers to senior-friendly housing and transit. The report is the part
of a grant the Town received
from the Massachusetts Association of Health
Boards for Healthy Aging through Healthy Community Design.
  Read full report
Click here to view the technical report on the Needham Senior Survey.

Dumpster Maintenance Requirements
During the hot and humid summer weather, keeping up with dumpster
requirements is more important than ever! Overfilled dumpsters with
open covers and odors are common summertime public health nuisance

Please take a moment to review with your staff the following reminders
to keep your dumpster clean and maintained:

Click here to view the All Dumpster Maintenance Requirements
Stop Addiction

For information, support and resources for Opioid Addiction, please visit:

Learn2cope and MA General ARMS (Addiction Recovery
Management Service) have additional information
on support groups, resources and other links:

MA General ARMS:         

Draft Concussion Regulation:

Extreme Cold Weather Preparedness Tips

Preventing West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito Borne Illness

For more information, contact Norfolk County Mosquito Control

Important Links
Timothy McDonald
Director of Public Health

Inquiry To Health Dept.

Town Hall
1471 Highland Ave. 
Needham, MA  02492

Ph: 781-455-7500 Ext. 511
Fx: 781-455-0892

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.